The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS)

CANVAS promotes greater awareness and appreciation for Philippine art, culture and the environment. CANVAS also explores the use of art to promote reflection, discussion and debate on selected social issues, particularly national identity, free expression and sustainable development.
Sep 4, 2012

More New Books Coming Out, Thanks To You All!

"Message in the Sand" Cover
"Message in the Sand" Cover

We're going to press shortly with a new book for children in public schools and hospitals shortly. 

"Message in the Sand" is a story of a young boy's efforts to save the sea. Simple and easy to read, it was written for CANVAS by international bestseller Charmaine Aserrapa, and illustrated by Filipino artist Roel Obemio.

Attached are files of the book - they just go through one final proofreading, and the printing will begin.

Sets of the books will be accompanied by teaching guides about marine conservation, the state of beaches in the Philippines, and other lessons which are now being prepared by experts from the University of the Philippines' National Institute of Geological Sciences. These will then be given to public school teachers so that they can use them in conjunction with the books that will be handed out to their students.

The books and guides should be printed and ready for distribution by next month... just in time to get them to their intended audience shortly before Christmas!

Meanwhile, we're also preparing two other titles: "Rizalpabeto" (an alphabet and poetry book centered on Jose Rizal, our national hero) and "Blue Stars" (our newest children's book, which we will launch in October), for distribution before the end of the year. We will keep you posted on these.

Hopefully, we'll be sending you pictures of the new books in the hands of Filipino children in our next report!

Thank you again for all your help and continuing support! 

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May 31, 2012

Preparing New Books to Give Out

GlobalGiving away more books in Babuyan Islands
GlobalGiving away more books in Babuyan Islands

We're down to our last few books of "Elias, Rocking Horse and Sol" and "Kulayan" as we were able to hand out more books to children in Camiguin in the Babuyan Islands of Cagayan. (Note: this Camiguin Island is different from the island-province of Camiguin in Mindanao.)

So, we're making a renewed effort to raise more funds - both here through GlobalGiving, as well as offline through other fundraising events to publish another of our titles.

This time, we're working to raise enough to publish several thousand copies of "Message in the Sand", one of our more popular children's books, written by international bestseller Charmaine Aserappa and illustrated by rising Filipino artist Roel Obemio. It is a simple story that affirms the power of an individual - even a child - to do something to make a difference for the environment, and you can read and listen to the story on our website (http://canvas.ph/message_in_the_sand.htm).

We'll again distribute those books to public schools, and this time, we're also working with teachers from the University of the Philippines" National Institute of Geological Sciences who will prepare guides with suggested learning activities that we can then also give to public school teachers so that they can use the books more effectively.

We hope you will all continue to support us in this effort. And please do tell your friends about us and encouraging them to join in. 

As always, we will keep you posted on our progress and results.

Thank you again, everyone, and best regards,

--Gigo

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Mar 1, 2012

More Books to More Children Handed Out!

Books for children displaced by Typhoon Sendong
Books for children displaced by Typhoon Sendong

It's been more almost three months since our last update, and we just wanted to reassure you that your generous support continues to benefit more children all over the country.

The books were particularly helpful, we found, in helping children to deal with unanticipated trauma and calamities. We sent over 2,000 books to young victims displaced by Typhoon Sendong in Mindanao. More than just donating, the Department of Psychology of Ateneo de Manila University and Xavier University used the books to help process and comfort children in one relief center.

Books were also donated to Tahan-Tahanan, a halfway house in East Avenue Medical Center which houses more than 100 cancer-stricken children. These children are from far provinces but are sheltered temporarily in Tahan-Tahanan, while they undergo medical treatments in Metro Manila.

We also worked with a group of dentists who were offering free dental clinic services at daycare centers in several communities in San Juan, Batangas to distribute books.

To date, we've donated more than 9,200 books, well beyond our initial 3,000-book target... all thanks to all of you!

There are only a few hundred books left (for now) to hand out... but we do hope to raise more funds to publish and give out more of our children's stories.  We will keep you updated on those existing books, and on future publications.  We also hope that you continue to support and tell your friends and families about our collective project.

Again, our deepest thanks!

Book readings to help kids to deal with trauma
Book readings to help kids to deal with trauma
Books for young cancer patients
Books for young cancer patients
Sending books through the Philippine Red Cross
Sending books through the Philippine Red Cross
Books to Banaue Central School via Rock Ed
Books to Banaue Central School via Rock Ed
Books and Free Dental Clinic Services in Batangas
Books and Free Dental Clinic Services in Batangas

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